Isaiah 17:1 Burden of Damascus

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

This is quite a statement. Damascus is going to be wiped out. The Hebrew is interesting in the description. The grammar states it is going to be taken away and removed. One could state it will be a ruined ruin or a ruined heap!

This is the city of Damascus, Syria. This place has been a hot spot in the Middle East and in the news cycle most of 2012. The country of Syria has been in Civil War since the spring of 2011. Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city on the planet. The city’s had residents and inhabitants for over 5,000 years. There is some debate of what the meaning of the name is. In the Hebrew, according to Strong’s Concordance, it means “silent is the sackcloth weaver”. According to Wikipedia, the Damascus metropolitan area has approximately 5 million people.

Damascus is first noted in the Bible in Genesis 14:15 He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. The “he” is Abram in a battle after Lot was kidnapped from Sodom.

There are other judgments proclaimed against Damascus in Jeremiah 49:23-27 and Amos 1:3-5. The Jeremiah passages indicate destruction as well. Specifically 49:25-27. “How the city of praise has not been deserted, the town of My joy. Therefore, her young men will fall in her streets, and all the men of war will be silenced in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts. “I will set fire to the wall of Damascus, and it will devour the fortified towers of Ben-hadad.”

The about to become Apostle Paul was on his way to Damascus in Acts 22 to terrorize Christians until he encountered Jesus. Saul was blinded.  He had a change in attitude on the way to and once arriving in Damascus.

Isaiah 17:1 has not happened, yet.

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